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Open House events bring Cascade Campus and Community together
Photos and Story by Gina Whitehill-Baziuk
More than 200 college students, faculty and staff and business and neighborhood stakeholders took part in six community open houses hosted by PCC on April 19, 20 and 21. Event sites included a neighborhood coffee shop, a local church, the North Portland Library, a community newspaper and the Cascade Campus quad.
Through an innovative, hands-on, 3-D tabletop model, PCC and its design team, THA Architecture Inc., encouraged participants to visualize, create and experiment with various building configurations to integrate Cascade Campus improvements into one of North Portland’s oldest urban neighborhoods and meet the college’s educational mission and growing enrollment. Participants used the model to address campus and community needs with regards to educational programming, proximity of uses, public safety, transportation, parking, on-campus childcare, pedestrian friendly streets, business revitalization, activated storefronts on Killingsworth and campus edges.
PCC hosted the events at different locations, hours of the day and days of the week based on suggestions from community stakeholders the college interviewed in fall 2010. As a result, each location drew a unique combination of people and interests. For example, several local parents who attended the event at the library had insight regarding the orientation and location of the proposed childhood development program and on-campus childcare center, while participants at the Piedmont Church of Christ offered their ideas about how the college could integrate more with the local community.